1st Edition, 2017
Meraj Ud din | Javeed Shah | Dar Yasin
Javed Dar | Altaf Qadri | Sumit Dayal
Showkat Nanda | Syed Shahriyar | Azaan Shah
Witness features the work of nine contemporary Kashmiri photographers, many of them photojournalists. Compiling fragments of the lives of Kashmiris over three decades, it gathers pieces of the personal as well as the collective memory of Kashmir and its people. Witness featured in New York Times magazine's year-end list of the best photo books of 2017, and The Hindu newspaper described it as “indubitably, one of the major events of our times". A review in the Boston Globe noted that "Above all, it interrogates the meaning of bearing witness. It does not place the years of violence in the realm of the unspeakable. Rather, the stories are explicitly told through narrators with a voice and agency. "